VALA2010 Session 11 Cook

VALA20120Keeping up: strategic use of online social networks for librarian current awareness

VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 11 – Social Networking
Thursday 11 February 2010 10:30 – 11:00
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperSue Cook

Information Specialist, CSIRO Information Management and Technology

Constance Wiebrands

Manager, Flexible Delivery and Lending Services, Curtin University Library

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Librarians were surveyed in August 2009 about their use of online social networks for professional information. This paper describes the features of online social networking tools that facilitate the flow of relevant current awareness information. Practical methods that can be used strategically within tools to ensure that information is professionally relevant are described, including methods of discovery and evaluation.